Carzello Wins the 2015 Final Sportsman Modified Event
By Staff Writer Dan Byrne
WINCHESTER—The engines fired for one last time on Saturday to conclude the 2015 season at Monadnock Speedway. With all five weekly divisions, plus young guns, big wheel races, spectator races, school bus rides, and the great school bus race, the season finale was action packed and full of fun.
The grand finale for Monadnock’s 2015 season contained one of the best Sportsman Modified races all year. The race claimed an early victim as youngster TJ Bleau lost control coming off of turn 4, and backed it up toward the wall by the start finish line. The unfortunate resting place for Bleau spelled doom for NASCAR NH Rookie of the Year Jason Barden, who’s left front clipped the left rear bar of Bleau, causing heavy damage to the to the #27. At the front of the pack, some familiar faces took command as points champion Bill Kimball looked to chase down 2nd place Scott MacMichael and Keith Carzello, who ran out front.
Carzello Takes Both Sportsman Mod Victories
By Dan Byrne
WINCHESTER– Saturday was championship night at Monadnock Speedway as the points champions were crowned for the weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.
Last week, the rain came just before the Sportsman Modifieds could run their feature so they’d be batting lead-off on Saturday for the first of a two feature showcase for the premiere Monadnock division.
Mother Nature Forces Double Sportsman Mod Features
By Dan Byrne
WINCHESTER—Racing resumed on Saturday at the Monadnock Speedway as the weeks in the season roll by. With just 2 weeks remaining, next weeks’ events will determine the final point standings of the NASCAR Whelen All-American divisions. This past week the skies were threatening all day, but credit the race crew for getting things ready in a timely manner as the green flag dropped at 6PM.
The heats all went off without a hitch, making for some fun, exciting racing. The New England Champ Kart series was there with a few of their drivers putting on a fun show for the crowd.
With the skies looking ominous after the heats, they wasted no time getting the Young Guns out on the track for their feature.
Kimball Takes the Sportsman Modified Checkers
Winchester, NH: This past Saturday there was a full venue of racing at high bank ¼ mile of Monadnock Speedway. The evening’s winners included Bill Kimball, Joel Monahan, Solomon Brow, Tim Leblanc and Dan Starkweather for the weekly racing divisions. In the visiting NEMA tour, Joey Payne took the checkers as Megan Cuginl won the NEMA Lite feature event.
Jaret Curtis paced the field in the Young Guns for their feature event. By lap seven, Dan Starkweather took control of the number one spot as Jaret Curtis held off brother Chase Curtis for second. Cole Littlewood running in fourth started to reel in Curtis for third. With two laps to go, Chase Curtis and Littlewood make contact setting up for a two lap shoot out. On the final lap, Starkweather cruised into victory lane followed by Jaret Curtis and Littlewood making a late pass on Hailey Guy for third.
MacMichael Celebrate Three Week Win Streak
By Dan Byrne
WINCHESTER—It was another fine evening for racing this past Saturday at the high banks of Monadnock Speedway as the Pro 4 Modified series came to town to join with the regular Whelen All-American divisions. Track owner Larry Cirillo had Ricky Craven’s old Winston #1 racecar out for some joy laps along with a few lucky fans in the passenger seat before the festivities kicked off for the night.
The story of the night came in the Sportsman Modified division as Scott MacMichael (2nd in points) closed the gap on leader Bill Kimball. Since encountering motor issues early this summer, MacMichael has seen a resurgence. With his 5th win of the year, third consecutive win in weekly action, he has his sights firmly set on Kimball and the points lead.
MacMichael Celebrates Two In A Row
By Dan Byrne
WINCHESTER,NH—It was a beautiful day on Saturday at Monadnock Speedway following the disappointment of being washed out last week just before the event got going. This week, the Valenti Modified Racing Series came to town for the Victor Johnson Memorial 100 race.
All six of the regular weekly divisions also competed on Saturday.
In the Young Guns 15 lap feature, Alexander Pearl took the lead and never looked back, capturing his 2nd win of the year by a big margin over 2nd place Daniel Starkweather. Jaret Curtis, Chase Curtis, and Chris Buffone rounded out the field of 12-15 year olds.
“The car ran good today,” Pearl said, “I’m really happy with it.”